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Amarok is a wonderful application for managing and playing your music collection, but the default settings aren’t optimized for speed when it comes to large collections of music. The problems are especially noticeable while trying to use the search box.

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My inbox has been flooded with people asking why the “pretty” icons in their user folder keep turning back into regular folder icons, and what they can do to fix it.  After writing the first article about the Music folder, I decided to just put all of the information into a single article.

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I was browsing to a website today that actually required I have Real Player installed.  Real Player?  I definitely would not put that annoying Spyware/resource hog on my PC. Then I remembered I installed a version of QuickTime Lite to view sites that required that, so I figured there would be a cool alternate version of Real Player out there.  Sure enough!  Real Alternative is a great way to bypass installing the whole Real Player pig.  Also, when installing it you can choose to just install what you need. 

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This article was written by MysticGeek, a tech blogger at the How-To Geek Blogs.

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This article was written by MysticGeek, a tech blogger at the How-To Geek Blogs.

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If you dislike the new Windows Vista shutdown menu, you are probably in the majority. An alternative option is to create icons that will let you shut down, lock, or restart your computer without having to mess with that stupid popup menu.

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I received so many emails about the Super Mario Bros wallpaper on my screen in the Outlook Desktop article that I figured I’d share the wealth with everybody.

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We’ve all been hearing about the new IMAP support in Gmail, but how do we access that from Outlook? Those of you that have been waiting patiently will be happy to know all the instructions are on this page.

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When you want to categorize all of your email messages in Outlook a lot of people use Folders to achieve this.  The traditional drag and drop is a good way to keep them organized.  However, in the blustering fury of your day, how many times have you caught yourself accidentally dragging a folder into another where it is not supposed to be?  I caught myself doing that today and thought I would share this quick tip.

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Should I turn off my computer every night?  Is it better to have it Hibernate?  Should I have set it to Standby?  What is the best option for my computer?  I get these questions all week when people are asking about their home PC’s.  I believe the jury is still at on what is the best answer.  Instead of going into a long explanation I advise people about what I do.  I never turn of my home computer or my work computer for that matter and have never had any issues.

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